Happy April Fools’ Day! The best celebrity pranks of all time

By: Meaghan Wray

Hollywood celebrities make some of the best pranksters, and April Fools’ Day is one of the best times to celebrate it. From Netflix’s hilarious Seth Rogan stunt to a potential musical remake of the endearingly terrible film The Room, here’s a roundup of the stars who've pulled the craziest pranks...

Mindy Kaling's new hairdo

For the 2019 festivities, the Mindy Project star took the opportunity to fool us all into thinking she’d gone fully blonde! She shared a photo of her with golden locks on Instagram, writing: “Haters will say it's photoshop... #AprilFoolsDay.”

Alex Rodriguez had some fun with a fan

The former baseball player – who just announced his engagement to Jennifer Lopez – played along with a fan back in January who was convinced he looked like “that guy that J.Lo is dating.” The duo went back and forth, comparing photos, before the fan realized it is actually him (except now they're engaged!). A-Rod shared the hilarious moment on Twitter.

Adele meets Adele impersonators

Back in 2015, BBC Music produced a video in which Adele (the real one!) meets a handful of her incredible impersonators. Dressed up as “Jenny,” a fake impersonator, she took to the stage for an audition, blowing the rest of her impersonators away as they slowly realized she was the real deal.

All the times Liam Hemsworth has scared Miley Cyrus

It's clear these two lovebirds connect on a lot more than just their love for animals and the outdoors – they also share an amazing sense of humour. At least, according to Liam! The Australian actor is known for epically frightening his wife.

The ultimate prankster!

George Clooney is a well-known Hollywood prankster. Back in 2013, Sandra Bullock opened up on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno about one such prank that left her soaking wet and with a sadly ruined dress: “I went to the bathroom and came out and there was George and someone else with just their pants on going, ‘We're gonna go in the pool,’ and I was like, ‘Really?’ and so I held their hands and on the count of three, and in slow motion I see Nicole Kidman with a stack of towels... And I jump, and they let go, and I go in the pool,” she explained to the talkshow host. “The sad part was I wore this cute little lace dress that I paid a lot of money for, and as I got out, it just started disintegrating.”

Tom Hardy casts himself as James Bond

The actor has been rumoured to be the next 007, so he decided to take matters into his own hands for April Fools’ Day in 2018. Posting a photo alongside Daniel Craig, he wrote, “Dammit I was in my tux and on the runway GTG… no drama.”

Seth Rogan gets acquired by Netflix

Netflix US tweeted a hilarious video of Seth reading his new deal, which stated: “I, Seth Rogan, do hereby relinquish ownership of mind and body to the entity known as “Netflix, Inc.” (hereby referred to as “Seth’s Owners”). Of course, it was all fun and games!

The Bachelor ’s Arie Luyendyk announced pregnancy with Lauren Burnham

Arie took to Twitter to share a doctored photo of his fiancée Lauren’s fake baby bump, announcing, “Secrets [sic] finally out, we have a bunny in the oven!” This one didn’t go over so well, with many people taking to social media to express their anger over the joke, upset the duo were poking fun at the expense of couples suffering from infertility.

Todd Kraines, the man behind Scott Disick’s famous prank, got revenge

Todd is a family friend of the Kardashian clan, but most people know him as the guy Scott impersonates to play tricks on momager Kris Jenner. This time, however, the tables turned! The real Todd called up Kourtney Kardashian and asked, “When that whole thing was going on, like did you guys ever think about how it would affect my life?” She responded flatly, “No.”

TheaterMania announced that The Room would be coming to Broadway

The theatre company took to Twitter to announce Lin-Manuel Miranda, the famous American playwright behind Hamilton, would be bringing Tommy Wiseau’s film The Room to life on Broadway. The film recently came back into the limelight after James Franco released The Disaster Artist , a movie based on Tommy’s life and work. Of course, this was all a lie – but fans seemed into the idea!

Stephen King for Governor of Maine

One of the more creative (and politically relevant) pranks this year was king4maine2018.com, a website built by an unknown source claiming that, “after years of criticizing Governor Paul LePage, Stephen is considering making a run for Governor in 2018.” But anyone who navigated to the website was quickly rickrolled – the universal signal that you have, in fact, been pranked.

The Bachelor host took over for Ryan Seacrest

During a 2018 episode of American Idol, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison appeared on stage instead of the show’s usual frontman Ryan! Right away, Chris addressed the crowd with his typical Bachelor intro, “Tonight, there will be drama. There will be tears. Who will stay? Who will go home broken-hearted? It’s all come up on tonight’s American Idol.” In perfect timing, the producer appeared on stage with a rose, informing Chris that he was on the wrong show.

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